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What We Love

  • On-site art gallery (just outside the restaurant) features work by local artists and craftspeople
  • Two Japanese hot baths are serene spots to unwind and stargaze
  • The impressive library, stocked with 1,200 books, is a bibliophile's heaven

What To Know

  • This is an adults-only resort
  • The ocean views are impressive but distant
  • There are two identical pool areas—one is clothing-optional, the other for the more modest

Amenities

  •  Adults Only
  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Romantic and restorative clifftop escape amid the redwoods and overlooking the pounding surf

The Lowdown

Built in 1975 by Hollywood producer Lawrence Spector with the profits from the hugely successful motorcycle classic Easy Rider, these cedar-and-redwood cabins were designed to blend into and be at one with the landscape. A total renovation in 2008 preserved the high-end, all-natural ’70s aesthetic (think stone fireplaces and light flooding through huge windows) while updating the property with modern necessities. Ventana’s 60 rustic-chic guest rooms are done up in restful colors of sage, russet, and cream with huge King beds and river rock fireplaces that bring the natural world inside, as well as big windows and decks that look out onto California’s most spectacular scenery—towering redwoods, craggy canyons, and white-capped waves. Spa-like bathrooms encourage relaxation with deep soaking tubs and rainfall shower heads. The luxury-camp-for-adults appeal takes hold quickly here. Overlooking a stretch of wild and unspoiled Big Sur coastline where the Santa Lucia range plunges into the Pacific, Ventana Inn & Spa sits on 243 wooded acres some 1,200 feet above the pounding surf. The resort’s trails meander through forests teeming with deer, falcon, fox, and wild turkey. The rocky shores reveal Mother Nature’s water-washed treasures to beachcombers, and cedar-walled Japanese hot tubs open to blue skies or starry nights. Tuck into locally sourced coastal dishes at The Restaurant at Ventana, where the sweeping Pacific Ocean views are just as good as the fresh fare.

In the Area

The Henry Miller Library has a display of novelist Henry Miller’s original manuscripts. Check ahead for a schedule of outdoor concerts by the likes of Philip Glass and Arcade Fire. Point Sur Lighthouse — dramatically positioned on a volcanic rock high above the Pacific — is worth the walk. The Ambrosia Burger on the deck of 1940s Nepenthe restaurant, in a cliffside house once owned by Orson Welles and his bride Rita Hayworth, is aptly named and worth the wait, which can be quite long on weekends. Hunks of California jade wash up at Jade Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Sur coast. Jade colors range from the traditional green to light blue to pure black. Low tide is the best time to look. The Coast Gallery, established in 1958 in a historic house nestled in Redwood Canyon (1,000 feet above sea level with uninterrupted views of Big Sur and the headland), is a great place to buy art.

How to Get There

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort – Adults Only
48123 Highway One
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States

Reviews

Amaaaaaaazing!!!!!
G4089QGmonica

Everything was truly amazing! The amenities were lovely, food delicious, staff friendly and helpful, scenary Absolutely breathtaking, room cozy and chic and the entire property and experience was a beautiful adventure!! Worth Every Penny and we can't wait go back!!!! Next time, perhaps Glamping:)

Heaven
Katlyn H

Seriously floating after our visit- it was heavenly!! My husband and I stayed 3 nights as an anniversary trip. We were looking to disconnect and relax- Ventana provided the perfect getaway!!! Stunning views, excellent service and beautiful accommodations. We enjoyed lounging in our hammock, hot baths, the pools, a couples spa experience overlooking the redwoods. It could not have been better, we will absolutely return!!!

Amazing stay at a gorgeous resort
jobin155

We had high expectations for Ventana, and they exceeded them all. The property is gorgeous, the staff (with the exception of one) was incredible, the restaurant was one of the best we've ever eaten at, and the daily activities and amenities were more than we could've hoped for. We only spent two nights here, but they were two of the best nights of our trip.